Looking for a holiday that has both safari and water adventures combined? Well, your search ends here in Kenya. This beautiful East African country is notable for being a safari hub. Moreover, its coastlines consist of nothing but stunning pristine beaches. All inclusive holidays to Kenya safari typically offer a wilds of africa adventure safari. One can expect to see the majestic big five animals while also exploring the beautiful beaches of Kenya.
Kenya is popular for its safari destinations. These include national parks, reserves, and sanctuaries. These protected areas are home to an endless number of species. They have a varied natural habitat that houses diverse species of animals and avifauna. Some of these habitats are wetlands, rainforests, savannahs, and saltpans.
A safari experience in any of Kenya’s national parks is a one-of-a-kind experience. The incredible Kenyan wildlife is something that should not be missed while visiting the country. Some of the plain animals like herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, impalas, and more are frequently spotted. Big cats namely lions, leopards, and cheetahs roam the savannahs of Kenya.
The predator-prey action is best seen while enjoying safaris in this country. One can also witness endangered and rare animal species residing in Kenya. This includes the rhino, hyenas, and wild dogs.
Further, all inclusive holidays to Kenya safari are not only for animal lovers but also birders. These range from endemic to endangered and even migratory species.
One of the biggest reasons cited for Kenya’s popularity is the wildebeest migration. This surreal and extraordinary wildlife migration is a rare phenomenon observed easily in Kenya. During this event, millions of wildebeest travel from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park in search of food and water. They are joined by other hoofed animals like zebras and gazelles. Together, these animals reach Kenya’s Masai Mara at the end of the year.
The wildebeest migration is an extraordinary phenomenon to watch in real-time. Travelers can watch various other events of the migration such as the river crossings and predator-prey interaction.
All Inclusive Holidays to Kenya Safari – Best Places for Safari
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi is Kenya‘s capital city. It is also one of the most influential and largest African cities. Nairobi is well-known in the commercial and financial sectors. This city is the perfect mix of urban and rural landscapes. Moreover, it has fun attractions such as museums, bustling markets, and historical sites among others. Travelers can stay at a world-class all inclusive hotel such as Ibis Styles or Hilton to enjoy the luxury provided by Nairobi.
One of the main highlights of Nairobi is the national park found inside the city. The Nairobi National Park is among the most accessible parks in Kenya. Although one of the smallest, Nairobi National Park boasts incredible landscapes. Its abundant wildlife can be viewed against the backdrop of skyscrapers instead of mountains or hills.
The most commonly spotted animals are lions and hyenas. One can also enjoy sightings of the rhino in certain parts of the park. The park’s wetland areas have around 400 species of birds. Travelers can access the park’s campsites, picnic spots, and hiker trails.
The Masai Mara National Park is the top park in the southern Kenyan circuit. It offers excellent year-round game viewing. The park’s rolling savannahs and other landscapes provide gorgeous and breath-taking vistas. It is here that one can spot the African big five animals. All inclusive holidays to Kenya safari almost always include Masai Mara in the itinerary.
Alongside a plethora of animals, the wildebeest migration is best seen in the Mara. It is an incredible experience to watch the herds of wildebeest slowly trekking while predators follow them constantly. The Mara River showcases dramatic yet deadly crossings wherein hungry crocodiles prey on wildebeest.
Masai Mara has various private conservancies. These are especially ideal for exclusive game drives. Accommodation in these conservancies involves sophisticated lodges and camps. Moreover, travelers can enjoy fun activities like hot air balloon rides, bush dinners, and walking safaris in Masai Mara.
Great Rift Valley
The Great Rift Valley is among the most extraordinary geographical features found on earth. This series of continuous trenches stretch from central Mozambique all the way to Syria. Along the way, it also passes Kenya. The rift valley is scenic and consists of geysers, lakes, hot springs as well as a few active volcanoes.
The Kenyan great Rift Valley lakes are the most visited sites. This gorgeous lake system serves as an important route for many migratory birds. Several national parks are established near these lakes. These areas are extremely picturesque and house a sizeable amount of wildlife. Most common among them include Rothchild’s giraffe, cheetahs, black rhinos, lions, and wild dogs.
Lake Naivasha is a famous lake observed within the Great Rift Valley. It is also a large freshwater lake, popularly referred to as birders’ paradise. It is also known for its huge flamingo population and hippo population. Lake Bogoria is a lesser-known rift valley lake. However, it offers dramatic vistas of the region. Bogoria has plentiful hot springs and geysers that attract travelers worldwide. One can also visit Lake Nakuru which showcases millions of feeding flamingos while its shores are frequented by diverse wildlife.
Amboseli National Park
A classic all inclusive holidays to Kenya safari are incomplete without Amboseli. It is yet another addition to the adventurous Southern circuit of Kenya. In Amboseli, one can have close encounters with the numerous herds of elephants residing in the park. Elephants and giraffes are best captured against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. The strategic location of Amboseli makes this park extremely famous.
A good concentration of wildlife is found in the park. One can easily spot the African big five animals along with rare animal species. During the monsoon season, the park experiences floods. This tends to draw a variety of wildlife near water sources like rivers. Diverse avifauna and wildlife are best seen near the park’s rivers.
There are endless activities to indulge in while visiting Amboseli. The park’s compact size allows one to enjoy a full-day safari. Along with this, travelers can also choose between cultural visits, birdwatching, night drives, guided walks, picnics, and sightseeing from Observation Hill.
Tsavo East National Park
One of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya is the Tsavo National Park. This huge region is divided into Tsavo East and West. In contrast to the West, the East area of the park is slightly larger and protects various wildlife species. The Galana River is the main lifeline of the animals as well as the indigenous tribe living inside the park.
Tsavo East is famous for its massive herds of elephants that appear red due to the dust. This section of the park also has a good population of predators such as cheetahs, lions, and even leopards. The largest lava flow found in the world, the 300 km long Yatta Plateau, is seen in Tsavo East. Around 500 species of birds are recorded here, making this park suitable for birders as well.
Tsavo East is rugged, isolated, and lesser visited park than other popular parks in Kenya. Travelers can enjoy peaceful safaris without the hustle and bustle of tourists. With beautiful landscapes and a good amount of wildlife, Tsavo east is a must-visit.
Mount Kenya is prominent for being the second highest mountain on the African continent. The snow-capped Mount Kenya is a famous choice for trekkers, hikers, and nature enthusiasts. The indigenous people regard Mount Kenya as a holy mountain. It commonly finds its way into local myths and beliefs.
The scenery surrounding this mountain is outstanding. It is covered with nothing but dense wilderness, glaciers, forests, lakes, and mineral springs. In its natural habitats reside endangered animal species which have adapted to the mountain’s high elevation. Mount Kenya’s wildlife is best seen at Mount Kenya National Park. Here, travelers can opt for game viewing, camping, and cave explorations.
For hikers and trekkers, climbing the mountain is an exhilarating activity. These climbs are generally undertaken on the three main peaks of the mountain. While peaks Batian and Nelion are highly technical, Lenana peak is basic. There are various easy and lesser trekked routes that can be taken according to one’s climbing abilities.
Beach Holidays in Kenya – Stunning Islands
After completing safaris, travelers can head to Kenya s beaches to cool down. A beach vacation is typically done after finishing bush adventures. This way, one can conclude their trip in a relaxing manner. Travelers can also stay in a luxurious beach hotel and enjoy premium Kenyan hospitality. All inclusive holidays to Kenya safari can include both safari and beach destinations. Here are some islands to consider for your beach holidays in Kenya:
Mombasa is an island filled with interesting history and stunning coastlines. Part of the coastal city of Mombasa falls under this island including the rich Old Town. As Mombasa was ruled by rulers and traders such as Portuguese, Arabs and British, the culture witnessed here is extremely intriguing.
The island that stretches approximately 500 kilometers long is filled with tranquil beaches. White sands and waters surrounded by the Indian Ocean offer a different picture of Kenya. Diani beach is among the most visited beaches of the island. The beach is neighboured by lush vegetation in contrast to its turquoise waters. Other beaches found on Mombasa Island are Nyali, Turtle Bay, Malindi, and Lamu.
Found in the Lamu archipelago, Manda Island is an exquisite destination. Beach holidays in Kenya are best enjoyed on Manda Island. Until recently, this island remained uninhabited for a long time. Today several luxury hotels and boutique resorts line up the island.
The pristine beaches are the main charm of Manda. These beaches offer entertaining water sports and other activities. Windsurfing, diving, and sailing are best enjoyed. Certain regions around Manda Island allow fishing and shore fishing as well. This island is also home to the fascinating Takwa town. Travelers are allowed to explore the town and learn about Manda’s history in great detail.
Chale Island is known as sacred Kaya or the worshipping place. The island is located in Kwale County. It is a luxurious destination to spend your all inclusive holidays in Kenya. Chale Island’s Sand Bay comes among the top Kenyan beaches. It is a secluded bay covered with soft white sand and glimmering waters. This beach is set in a remote location. It offers an authentic private experience.
The small Chale Island is divided into two parts. One part is taken over by an all-inclusive resort called The Sands at Chale Island. This resort lies on 15 acres of ancient forest. It is further surrounded by a white sand bay which is protected by colorful coral reefs. It is highly suggested that this island should be part of your beach holidays in Kenya.
When to Plan Your All Inclusive Holidays to Kenya Safari?
Although Kenya can be visited at any time of the year, there are certain things to consider. There is always something new to see in every season while visiting the country. For successful game sighting, January to March is the best. The climate remains pleasant and dry during these months and quality wildlife viewing can be expected. For birders, November to May is the peak month to enjoy birdwatching. These months welcome migratory birds in parks and lakes.
For those keen on witnessing the wildebeest migration in Masai Mara, June to October is the best time. The wildebeest migration typically reaches the Mara in August and extends their stay till October. The dry season forces wildlife to gather near rivers to quench their thirst. As a result, a variety of animals are seen near such water sources. During these months, the bush becomes thin, making wildlife spotting much easier.
End of March until May experiences heavy rainfall. These months are not recommended as the parks may get flooded. Lodges and camps also shut down. It also becomes impossible to track the wildebeest migration during the wet season.
Similar to safaris, particular months are ideal for beach holidays in Kenya. The best time to visit Kenyan beaches is from October to January. These months provide ideal conditions to enjoy water activities like snorkeling and diving. Moreover, to spot whale sharks, one can visit the coast anywhere between October to April. As March to late May experiences rainfall, these months are unfavorable for a tropical trip.
A holiday package to Kenya involves proper and detailed planning. It is suggested to book your all inclusive holidays to Kenya safari through a reputed travel company. They can help you plan and execute your Kenya safari tours and beach holidays in Kenya seamlessly.